Sunday Weather Xtreme: A Nice Day for a Race

| April 18, 2021 @ 7:00 am

The focus for precipitation over the Southeast continues to be along the Gulf Coast for the past few days along an old front that has been hanging out over the Northern Gulf. Moisture levels are high along the Gulf Coast. But the front and the moisture will push southward today, moving away from the coast, and to the Central Gulf and Central Florida by tomorrow. By Tuesday, it will be over South Florida. Behind the front, the air over the Southeast is very dry, and that is the second part of the story. The final part of the weather equation for us is the weak disturbances that will be passing by to our north over the next few days. Let’s take all these parts and put our weather forecast together.

NICE SATURDAY: Yesterday was nicer than we expected, as that dry air we talked about took over. The drier air erased the chance of rain and allowed for more sunshine. High temperatures across Central Alabama ranged from 72F at Calera, to 73F at Birmingham and Anniston, to 74F at Tuscaloosa.

FOR YOUR SUNDAY: Today will be a really nice day across the area, with a good supply of sunshine and high temperatures around 70F. Great weather for the Honda Indy Grand Prix at Barber Motorsports Park. A weak disturbance will be passing by tonight, but with the dry air, it will barely be noticeable. Lows tonight will be right about where they were last night, n the middle 40s.

NEW WORK WEEK: Monday is looking good as well, with mainly sunny skies and just a few passing clouds. Highs will be in the 70s. Monday night will be milder with lows near 50F. A stronger disturbance will be passing by to our north on Tuesday. This will push a strong cold front our way Tuesday night and Wednesday morning. Again, the front will have little to work with and the best it will be able to manage will be a few showers mainly over North Alabama. It will be cooler on Wednesday behind the front, with highs remaining in the lower 60s along with a cool north wind. There may be some frost in the normally colder locations of North Alabama Thursday morning with lows in the middle and upper 30s.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: Friday will be a transition day, but should be mostly dry and mild, with highs in the lower and middle 70s. Low pressure will be forming to the west of Alabama. A few showers could show up Friday night, but the bulk of the rain will not arrive until early Saturday morning. Rain and some thunderstorms will be likely during the day, especially over the southern half of Alabama. Severe weather will be a possibility over the southern half of the state. The rain and storms will exit the state Saturday night. It won’t turn cooler behind this system, but rather it will make way for a warmer week the following week. Highs will edge into the upper 70s to lower 80s.

VOODOO TERRITORY: There will be a couple of passing disturbances that following week that will bring small rain chances on Tuesday and Thursday nights.

BEACHCAST: Rain should move out of the area of the beautiful beaches of Alabama ad Northwest Florida early this morning, as the deep moisture moves away from the Gulf Coast. A few showers will be possible Monday night into early Tuesday as a strong cold front drives through the area. Highs will be in the middle 70s each day this week. Lows will be in the 50s.

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NATIONALLY: Flash flood watches cover parts of Southeast Louisiana, southern Mississippi, and southern Alabama, where persistent rainfall is causing flooding problems. Out West, higher elevation snows are expected across parts of New Mexico and the northern Rockies. Winter storm warnings are in effect for southern Montana and northeastern Wyoming.

DANCING WITH THE STATS: Record highs across Washington State on Saturday. 79F at Quillayute was a new record for the date by 2 degrees. Hoquiam, WA tied their record high for the date with 80F. Seattle tied their record high for the date with a reading of 80F.

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